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Jan 17

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Top 10 Country Tweets of the Week

Country music stars sure love Twitter! This week, Jason Aldean hangs with George Strait, Dierks Bentley shows off his new son, Knox, Jennifer Nettles releases her solo debut album and Jana Kramer visits Honduras. Plus, Carrie Underwood’s good friend and favorite baker, Ivey Childers, picks up a bottle of Carrie’s Nicole by OPI nail polish – and gets a pedicure from Carrie herself! Here are our picks for this week’s Top 10 Country Tweets Of The Week:

Jason Aldean hangs out with George Strait

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/JasonAldean.

Jason Aldean – Jason_Aldean: Hangin with the one and only Mr. @GeorgeStrait at our show last week. Coolest dude ever.

Jennifer Nettles – JenniferNettles: Thank you all! All the love and positive feedback from fans, friends, colleagues and loved ones, has me feeling super grateful!! Thank you!

Kellie PicklerKelliePickler: Contestant: Why did the dog go in the water? Judges: Why? Contestant: It didn’t want to be a hot dog. #AmericanIdol #RazzleDazzle

Dierks Bentley shows off his son Knox

Photo courtesy of Twitter.com/DierksBentley.

Dierks Bentley – DierksBentley: watching football with my buddy knox. he wants me to give a shout out to @LBTmusic for his new duds! @nfl #NOvsSEA Continue Reading

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Jan 16

Luke Bryan Q&A Part 2: Why Luke Wants to Be Accesible to His Fans

Luke Bryan Q&A Part 2: Why Luke Wants to Be Accesible to His Fans

Live Nation promoter Brian O’Connell and Luke Bryan at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. on January 14, 2014.

On January 14 Luke Bryan held a press conference in Nashville at the Bridgestone Arena with Live Nation concert promoter Brian O’Connell to announce the That’s My Kind Of Night 2014 Tour, with supporting acts Lee Brice and Cole Swindell. This will be Luke’s first-ever tour that includes stadium dates, and in some cities he’ll perform for two nights in a row. Get the tour details >>

After the announcement, Luke stayed to answer questions from the press. Here’s part 2 of his Q&A — if you missed part 1 you can read it here.

Q: What is it about the current state of country music that’s allowing more country artists — like Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Taylor Swift –to play stadiums?
A: I think country music continues to grow outside the boundaries it may have had in years past. I’ve watched it for years with CMA Fest, how each year it gets bigger and bigger. And each year the ability to go into stadiums gets bigger and bigger because fans realize this is an amazing experience. I feel like they’re never let down. It’s always more than what they anticipated.

As long as you give fans more than they anticipate and keep it that experience, there’s room for more and more country artists to venture out and do stadiums, and pair up and take big stadium shows on the road. Come in to a city and make your event the biggest thing in the city for that weekend. It’s pretty special. Ultimately, I think the relationship with country music artists and their fans is something that’s real and special. The fans truly know that and it comes from an honest place. All these artists you bring up inspire me to be a better artist for my fans. It will and will always be fan-driven.

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Q: Country artists have kept their ticket prices lower than other genres. Why is it important for you to keep your prices affordable?
A: I think the ticket price in this business is the most important thing. It’s funny, I went about eight months last year not even knowing what my ticket price was. I talked to this guy [points to O’Connell] and said, ‘Hey, let’s price these things so people can bring their family.’ When you look at how hard it is to go to a movie these days and not spend two hundred dollars – well, we want it to where people can come. We feel like if they’ve been gouged on a ticket price off the bat, they’ve started a negative experience before they even get to the venue.

The bottom line is, I want to be accessible to anybody that wants to come see a show. I want them to leave going, ‘I can’t believe I just paid $50 a ticket for what I just saw. It was really amazing.’

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Q: When these two-night tickets go on sale, will you be perched in front of the computer watching how they sell?
A: As an artist, there are times in my career where I need to ‘numbers crunch’ and all that. I really never do it. I know, after watching this guy [points to O’Connell] and my people around my world – I know they’re doing it for me. I know it’s my job to sleep in, rest well, get ready to put on a great show, write a song, plan albums, and you know, sculpt my buns [Luke smiles]). I’m just playin’! That was a funny joke. My thing is, ‘Don’t get caught up in the numbers and how quick something sold out. Go be the best artist you can and let this guy [points to O'Connell] be the best concert promoter he can.’

Q: Do you think you’ll ever play in Nashville at LP Field?
I think every NFL stadium is fair game. I would never rule out anything. [O’Connell explains that they have to work around NFL season because after a concert, they’ve trashed the field.] It takes a long time to clean up the beer cans!

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Jan 15

Thomas Rhett Can See His Career Momentum Building

Thomas Rhett Can See His Career Momentum Building

Thomas Rhett photo courtesy of Big Machine Label Group.

Thomas Rhett ended 2013 strong, coming off a three-week No. 1 with “It Goes Like This” and also topping the chart as a songwriter on Florida Georgia Line’s hit “’Round Here.” His latest single, “Get Me Some of That,” is climbing the charts. Thomas can see the momentum shifting in his career.

“We were on the ‘Night Train’ tour with Jason Aldean, it started in February and we’d go out there some nights and it would be 80% full and we’d go out the next night and it’d be 50% full when I walked onstage,” he said. “That was when ‘It Goes Like This’ had just first come out. I noticed that as the song was climbing the chart, it would get in the Top 20, then it’d get in the Top 10 and you could tell that more and more people were showing up.”  Continue Reading

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Jan 14

George Strait Kicks Off Final Leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

George Strait Kicks Off Final Leg of The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

George Strait photo by Jill Trunnell, courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

George Strait kicked off the second leg of his final two-year The Cowboy Rides Away Tour on January 9 at CenturyLink Center in Bossier City, Louisiana. 13,957 fans turned out for the show, breaking George’s own top two venue records for highest-grossing shows of all time at the venue.

The show contained several notable moments, including songs such as “Check Yes or No,” “The Fireman,” “You Look So Good In Love” and “The Chair.” Jason Aldean, who joined George as a special guest, returned to the stage to sing with him on “Fool Hearted Memory” and “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.” Continue Reading

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Jan 10

Scotty McCreery Rings in the New Year With a No. 1

Scotty McCreery Rings in the New Year With a No. 1

Scotty McCreery photo by Russ Harrington, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Scotty McCreery tops the first Top 20 Country Countdown of 2014 with ”See You Tonight,” extending his No. 1 streak into the New Year. Danielle Bradbery and Keith Urban with Miranda Lambert round out the Top 3 while a slew of new videos make their countdown debuts, including clips from David Nail, Billy Currington, Jason Aldean and Lady Antebellum.

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Plus, host Nan Kelley was joined in the studio by a special co-host, the one and only Kix Brooks! Nan and Kix talked about music, movies and a whole lot more, all while counting down the top videos of the week.

Want to re-watch some of your favorite interviews? Head over to our Top 20 section for videos and photos. You can also catch Top 20 Extras, cast your votes, and take a look at the current chart to see where your favorite videos land.

This Week’s Chart:

  1. Scotty McCreery – “See You Tonight”
  2. Danielle Bradbery – “The Heart of Dixie”
  3. Keith  Urban w/Miranda Lambert – “We Were Us”
  4. Sara Evans – “Slow Me Down”
  5. Alan Jackson – “Blue Ridge Mountain Song”
  6. The Band Perry – “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely”
  7. Dierks Bentley – “I Hold On”
  8. Gary Allan – “It Ain’t The Whiskey”
  9. Luke Bryan – “Drink A Beer”
  10. Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow” Continue Reading

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Jan 10

Jason Aldean Partners With MLB for Burn It Down Tour

Jason Aldean Partners With MLB for Burn It Down Tour

Photo courtesy of The GreenRoom.

Jason Aldean spent the week teasing fans via Twitter that he would make a big announcement on Thursday, January 8, posting photos such as a baseball on fire and a stadium seat as clues. When it was time for the big reveal, Jason announced his 2014 Burn It Down Tour which will kick off May 1 in Ronoake, Virginia, and visit about 50 cities through the end of the year.

Jason also revealed from the MLB.com studios that he has partnered with MLB to make tour stops at baseball stadiums across the country, including Nationals Park (Washington, D.C.), Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, PA), PNC Park (Pittsburgh, PA) and Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati, OH). Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr will be along on the tour as special guests. Continue Reading

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Jan 10

Luke Bryan, Eric Church & More to Play First-Ever iHeartRadio Country Festival

Luke Bryan, Eric Church & More to Play First-Ever iHeartRadio Country Festival

Luke Bryan photo by Joseph Llanes, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood are among the artists set to perform at the first-ever iHeartRadio Country Festival according to All Access. Set for March 29 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Tex., the event will be hosted by nationally-syndicated country music personality Bobby Bones. Lady Antebellum, Florida Georgia Line, Jake Owen, Hunter Hayes and Dan + Shay are also set to perform.

“The response to our country performers at the last three iHeartRadio Music Festivals was so incredible we decided to create an entire show just for them,” Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises President John Sykes said. “It will be a country fan’s dream and a testament to the power of country music and recognition of the stature of these artists.” Continue Reading

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Jan 9

Are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson Opening a Restaurant?

Are Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & <em>Duck Dynasty</em>'s Willie Robertson Opening a Restaurant?

(l-r) Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean and Duck Dynasty‘s Willie Robertson. Photos courtesy of BuckCommander.com.

Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan have already teamed with Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson and baseball star Adam LaRoache along with a few other pals as co-owners of Buck Commander, a hunting lifestyle business that focuses on deer hunting and apparel. Could the restaurant business be next on their resume?

According to a report on steamboatsprings-realestate.com, the four pals along with baseball players Jeff LaRoche and Andy LaRoche are opening a chophouse in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The restaurant, E3 Chophouse, located on the banks of the Yampa River near premiere skiing and mountain biking destinations, is said to have a “great menu with reasonable prices.” Continue Reading

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Jan 9

Jake Owen Announces Days of Gold Tour

Jake Owen

Jake Owen’s 2013 album, Days of Gold. Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.

Jake Owen has announced his second major nationwide headlining tour. His Days of Gold Tour, which he officially announced from the ESPN tailgate party stage at the BCS National Championship game on Monday, will kick off March 20 in Brookings, South Dakota and run through October, wrapping in Jake’s hometown of Vero Beach, Florida.

“I love throwing parties!” Jake said. “This tour is going to be one big party and everyone is invited. I’ve been lucky enough to be on the road and learn from incredible artists like Chesney, McGraw, and Aldean. I’m really proud of this tour and can’t wait for the fans to see what’s in store. The first night cannot get here fast enough!” Continue Reading

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Jan 8

Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” Is Best-Selling Digital Country Single of All-Time

Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" Is Best-Selling Digital Country Single of All-Time

Florida Georgia Line photo by Kristin Barlowe, courtesy of Sweet Talk PR.

Florida Georgia Line can claim the best-selling digital country single in history. Their smash hit “Cruise” has sold more than 6.6 million downloads to date. The song spent 24 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, making it the longest running No. 1 since the chart’s inception.

The duo, made up of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, co-wrote “Cruise” with producer Joey Moi, Chase Rice and Jesse Rice. Since signing with Big Machine Label Group’s Republic Nashville imprint in 2012, the duo has received numerous honors, including CMA Duo of the Year, ACM New Artist of the Year and the American Music Award for the all-genre Single of the Year. Continue Reading

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